You are assuming that it is not true. I said IF it is true then I can not imagine Ecclestone will ever be seen in court in Germany for bribes. I am standing by that. Take a look close at Mosley's words and the consequences of them IF they are true. It makes it really impossible for there to be a bribe
I said it was immaterial, it was the usual article with the usual agenda written by Christian Sylt (BE's proxy), interviewing Max Mosley (BE's effective partner of 25-years) in sycophantic support of BE, so why expect objectivity?
My view is a little different for the following reason's.
Moseley says the FIA has a veto (but realistically that measure if exercised would be immediately challenged in whatever context it was used). However the supposedly intention was to safeguard the FIA against an operating company bringing the FIA into disrepute.
It has no remit to interfere with the lawful management of personnel or any other part of the Commercial Rights operating company. Rights disposed of for a fraction of what they were worth back in 2000. But could it somehow be extended to include interference with an independent companies management policy, Well no it couldn't, to try would be laughable.
Now it seem, according to Sylt, an Aug 2005 veto 'agreement' held by Bambino (one could ask with whom?) safeguarding Ecclestone's position exists. Well when Ecclestone opens the terms of the Bambino trust SLEC holdings, so we don't have to take his word for it, then we'll know the facts.
I know he'll (Sylt) understand the raison d'etre.
Even if the Aug 2005 veto agreement was signed and exists (presumably with CVC), isn't the inference that Ecclestone was in fact controlling Bambino in direct contravention of the HMRC taxation requirement and in this case benefiting from that connection. That if true would be very serious for Ecclestone.
But in essence this case (and the next) is about one guy doing 9-years after coming clean and the other saying I didn't bribe anyone, but it was so subtle threat I paid him $44m anyway. Exactly what the inducements were for Ecclestone we'll probably never be party to, however I think we can be reasonably sure it wasn't fear of blackmail.
And as always we can all have our own opinion but I'd be wary of setting much store by what Messrs Mosley and Sylt have to say given what you've read about him.
Edited by TriumphST, 31 October 2013 - 13:22.